Cockroaches have existed on Earth for many thousands of years, carrying serious pathogens wherever they go. When cockroaches invade our homes, they go everywhere. They get into cupboards where food is stored, they scamper along kitchen countertops where we prepare our food and the pathogens rub off on everywhere they’ve been, causing people to get sick.
The Odor From Cockroaches
Cockroaches produce a strong odor that gets stronger the longer they’re around. In large numbers, they smell musty and oily, but German roaches smell especially awful. In fact, just one German cockroach (or Blatella germanica) can produce a highly offensive smell all by itself.
Cockroaches, commonly found in European and American homes, deliberately release a foul odor as a normal part of their everyday routine. This strong smell can affect how food tastes even if the roach never touched the food. The odor can last for quite a while after the cockroach or swarm of them has been gotten rid of. Furthermore, odors will continue to eminate from dead roaches because the process of decomposition produces oleic acid. Roach odors remain in the air and can continue to affect how the food in the home tastes for quite some time.
Oriental cockroaches are known for emitting the worst smell of all, although German and American roaches give off odors that are almost as bad. These three types of cockroaches are the ones most often found infesting homes in the U.S. Any food item that has been exposed to the odor of cockroaches cannot be eaten even if it’s cooked or somehow processed because it just smells too bad.
Roaches tend to swarm, and when they do this they emit a pheromone that lets their fellow roaches know where they’re nesting. When the roaches all gather together, the odor of this phermone is palpable and easily detected by humans.
Tips to Prevent an Infestation of Cockroaches
Cockroaches often enter homes through the drains so it helps to place covers over all drains so cockroaches can’t get through. Sweep and mop up any food crumbs that might be on your floors and keep your countertops crumb-free as well. Roaches also look for food in trash cans, so keep a lid on your trash cans.
If you are seeing signs of a cockroach infestation, you should call a reputable pest control company and ask that they send one of their technicians to come to your home to assess the situation. He or she should be able to tell you if your home is actually infested with cockroaches. If this is the case, the pest control company will need to get rid of them for you.
There is no doubt that cockroaches can trigger all kinds of health issues, including asthma in children and allergic reactions in people of all ages. No matter how bad it seems or where you live there are always things you can do to prevent an infestation. Keep your home clean and immediately clean up any food messes as they occur. If you suspect cockroaches or other types of pests, get a professional pest inspection.